The Last Day

I spent last Sunday half overseeing, half staying out of Owen’s way as he did his final college packing. We’d been prepping for a few months, we had so many lists—  shopping and packing lists, lists of things to submit, lists of things to pay for. Then we’d pared down the lists in line with... Continue Reading →

Enduring Words

Going through some family paper recently, my dad found his grandmother’s high school commencement speech, written in 1895. The sentiments of my eighteen-year-old great-grandmother as she left PS No.9 in Brooklyn are enduring 125 years later, relevant to today’s world state, and particularly poignant to me now as the mother of a 2020 high school... Continue Reading →

The Nonstarter

nonstarter: someone or something that is not productive or effective – Merriam-Webster This year, as a ninth grader, Katie was really struggling to find her thing. As she played competitive softball through middle school and into the fall, she realized with increasing clarity that she loved the softball part much more than the competitive part.... Continue Reading →

March 2020: The Irrelevant Hawaii File

When something BIG and difficult happens – a tragedy, a loss, a crisis – I initially feel like I can’t write about it. How can I wrap words around something that’s just too much? Then I have the accompanying dilemma of how to write about anything else, when the BIG thing is blocking my way. ... Continue Reading →


There are life moments that contain a certain weight, pinnacle moments on which our structures are strung and shaped. These moments can be deliriously high or traumatically low, but most are somewhere in the middle, somewhat everyday, but also sparkling. In our family, these moments have a label: EPE. This term was coined by my... Continue Reading →

The Prowl

Every November, my daughter Katie and I go on the Owl Prowl. Katie has been an avid nature lover since the very beginning of her time on Earth – following fireflies, hatching butterflies, raising tadpoles, keeping backyard toads as temporary pets, absorbing every tidbit of National Geographic’s Planet Earth.  Her innate compassion for the natural... Continue Reading →

Holey Days

Last week I broke down and bought myself some new socks.  Couldn’t even pull the trigger and buy them in person. I retreated to Amazon and selected the first reasonably-priced, wool-blend hiking socks with decent reviews. I clicked Add to cart, Proceed to checkout, Place your order before I could change my mind. My feet are always cold, but... Continue Reading →


In April, our fifteen-year-old daughter, Claire, traveled to France for two weeks on a school exchange program. The trip included a home stay in the southern town of Montpellier with visits to Paris before and after. On departure day, Claire was ready! She had her passport, Euros, and a pickpocket-proof waist pouch. Good walking shoes... Continue Reading →

How To Get Happy

I just finished reading The Year of Living Danishly – Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country (2015, Icon Books) written by Helen Russell after she moves from her native England to the hinterlands of Denmark when her husband accepts a job with LEGO. Denmark is purportedly the happiest country on the planet, and Russell explores the... Continue Reading →

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